Pre-Commercialisation Programme Showcase with NDRC

An open invitation to all to join IPIC’s Pre-Commercialisation Programme Showcase with NDRC. The event will take place on Monday, the 29th of June 2020, at 10.30 am.


Please contact Helen Fullen at helen.fullen@ndrc.ie to receive an invitation for the event.


Optics & Photonics News – Coronavirus Diaries

As part of the Coronavirus Diaries, Optics & Photonics News spoke to Andrea Pacheco to get her perspective on how the COVID-19 crisis has affected her lives and work, and what the pandemic means for Photonics in general.

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Respiratory Solution for Emergency Use in the Fight Against COVID19

In response to the global COVID-19 emergency, Tyndall National Institute has established high-volume manufacturing capacity of open access sealed scuba diving masks for non-invasive ventilation of COVID-19 patients globally. The launch of Dmask.ie website has been announced on the 17th of April 2020 and provides resources available to the global community.

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27.05.2020 - 28.05.2020

Photonics Public Private Annual Meeting 2020

Brussels, Belgium

The next Photonics PPP Annual Meeting will take place on May 27th – 28th, 2020 in the conference centre The EGG in Brussels. Topics covered during the meeting will include discussions on the Horizon Europe programme, developing strategic application roadmaps and seeking new collaboration partners.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

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17.09.2019 - 17.09.2019


Cork, Ireland

As part of establishing a strong Irish leadership presence within the European innovation hub ecosystem, Europractice joined MIDAS for a National Irish technology event at Tyndall National Institute. MIDAS Ireland, are the champions of Ireland’s micro and nano-electronics system solutions industry.

Organised by Tyndall’s Georgios Fagas, leading members of the technology community in Europe presented at this seminar.

Ramsey Selim, Tyndall’s Europractice project lead, highlighted the current status of packaging technologies for integrated photonics, the key solutions present within Tyndall, and the wider European community. The talk also reviewed the advanced photonics packaging low-to-medium volume manufacturing solutions.

This seminar aimed to bring the focus of Europe on the Irish technology community with its culture of innovation and shine the spotlight on the entire European ecosystem as a real solution to world challenges in advanced packaging or photonics and micro-electronics.

More informationhttps://midasireland.ie/blog/midas-sept-19-meeting-at-tyndall-europe-innovation-hub-ecosystem/

14.01.2020 - 15.01.2020

Launch of MedPhab – dedicated photonics pilot-line for medical diagnostics

Brussels, Belgium

MedPhab is an initiative of the Photonics Public Private Partnership connected to Photonics21. The pilot-line was granted funding by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

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OIDA Workshop On Embedded Photonic Manufacturing for Data Centers

California, USA

PIXAPP is a proud organiser of a one-day workshop on Optical Fiber Communication on Photonic Manufacturing for Data Centres. The event will take place on the 8th of March 2020 and will host a number of high-profile speakers in the field.

Location: San Diego, California, USA

More information: https://www.osa.org/en-us/meetings/industry_events/workshop_on_embedded_photonic_manufacturing_for_da/program/


Photonics 4 European Products of the Future Workshop

Cork, Ireland

Photonics 4 European Products of the Future 

Location: Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland

More information: Photonics_4_European_Products_of_the_Future_Workshop flyer


Ireland’s Tyndall National Institute claims a record high 2.2W for output power from InGaN SLEDs

Cork, Ireland

The researchers used slanted facets to direct amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) through the GaN substrate with very low feedback, avoiding laser action.

More information: http://www.semiconductor-today.com/news_items/2019/nov/tyndall-151119.shtml

01.02.2020 - 06.02.2020

SPIE Photonics West 2020

California, United States

SPIE Photonics West 2020

Location: The Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, United States

More information: https://spie.org/conferences-and-exhibitions/photonics-west/photonics-west-exhibition


Photonics Ireland at ECOC 2019 – Europe’s largest optical communication exhibition

California, United States

IPIC and the Tyndall National Institute will be hosting the Photonics Ireland Pavilion at the ECOC Exhibition from 23rd to the 25th September 2019 at the RDS Dublin alongside our industry partners Rockley PhotonicsPilot PhotonicsmBryonics and OEWaves and the IDA IrelandEnterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland. ECOC is Europe’s largest exhibition in the fibre optic communication technology industry and is the leading showcase for the latest products and services across industry and research institutes across the world. IPIC will be showcasing Ireland`s photonics ecosystem and the many opportunities available to grow your career at IPIC, the Tyndall National Institute and our industry partners and we look forward to broad programme of talks and the amazing opportunities to network with key industry and research leaders and for more information about joining us at ECOC please contact us at info@IPIC.ie.


PIADS Centre for Doctoral Training launches at IPIC

California, United States

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Photonic Integration and Advanced Data Storage (PIADS) is a partnership between Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Glasgow and IPIC which aims to tackle some of the challenges created by the increasing quantities of data generated by today’s society. In particular, PIADS addresses a unique technological opportunity – the intersection of photonic integration and data storage. Its anchor is the participation of Seagate Technology & the technology of Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR), an area where Northern Ireland is world leading in research & manufacturing. HAMR is the first truly mass market application for photonic integration, with projected volumes of up to 2 billion data recording heads per annum. Delivering photonic integration for HAMR is expected to open a multitude of new applications and markets that require low-cost integrated photonic solutions, but currently lack the critical volume required to develop the technology. These applications include, augmented/virtual reality systems, fibre-optic communication systems for the home and data centres, smart image-guided surgical instruments and miniature point-of-care and wearable medical diagnostic systems, all of which are currently being developed within IPIC’s platform and industry research programmes. Hence PIADS provides an exciting and unique doctoral training partnership focused on developing researchers with the knowledge and skills required to transform the cost base for photonic integration, which is expected to open new market opportunities for Ireland- and UK-based industry.

The CDT offers students a cutting-edge research environment to undertake a diverse and exciting range of topical doctoral research projects which cut across physics, materials and electrical and optical engineering through to applications as diverse as data storage and biosciences.  Our doctoral training programme provides a framework for student cohorts to be educated, trained and to learn from industry best practice in distributed working whilst developing specialist technical skills alongside innovation and business skills.


Exploring the Universe at ECOC 2019

RDA Concert Hall, RDS, Dublin

This event is hosted by Tyndall National Institute, the Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), in conjunction with the European Conference for Optical Communications (ECOC 2019). Leading physicist Prof. Brian Cox will present his award-winning show, Exploring the Universe to secondary school students from across the country. Professor Cox will be joined by Prof. Liam Barry from Dublin City University will highlight the latest developments in optical fibre technology that underpins today’s internet and Dr Ruth Freeman from SFI will highlight the exciting careers that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) can offer.

Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm


Cork Culture Night at Tyndall National Institute

Tyndall National Institute, Cork City, Cork

Culture Night is an evening of free events across Ireland where businesses and universities open their doors to the general public in order to engage and entertain. Tyndall National Institute opens its doors this year with demonstrations presented by researchers from Tyndall to the general public of all ages and backgrounds. The event allows Tyndall National Institute to demonstrate the cutting edge work Tyndall conducts and helps inspire future generations of scientists.

Time: 5.00pm – 7.30pm

More informationhttps://culturenight.ie/event/tyndall-national-institute-tyndall-national-institute/


Welcome to our 2019 Summer Undergraduate Bursary Students

Tyndall National Institute, Cork City, Cork

On Monday 10th June, we welcomed our 2019 cohort of undergraduate students to IPIC.  Over the next 10 weeks, the students will conduct a research project under the supervision of our Principal Investigators and also participate in a bespoke training and development programme.

This year 11 students were successfully awarded places on our bursary programme following a competitive application process.  The students are currently registered undergraduates across physics, maths, electrical engineering, astrophysics and environmental science courses attending University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, NUI Galway and Queen’s University Belfast.

The IPIC summer undergraduate bursary programme is a core part of IPIC’s Education & Public Engagement programme.  It offers undergraduate students the opportunity to undertake research projects in photonics, giving them access to our world class research facilities.  The programme gives students the opportunity to experience what a research career might involve and gives them an insight into postgraduate study.


Training Ireland’s future Photonics research leaders!

Tyndall National Institute, Cork City, Cork

The Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC) is embarking on an exciting expansion programme that includes 40 funded PhDs positions available from June 2019.

The scholarships will focus on application areas in optical communications, medical devices, diagnostics, AR/VR, and many others, covering research areas from photonics theory, materials growth, device development and fabrication, integration, packaging to full systems development.

Positions will be available at our academic partners, Tyndall National Institute, Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin & University College Cork.

We are seeking hard-working, passionate candidates in Physics, Electronic Engineering, Chemistry or related subject, keen to pursue training and research in a world-leading research centre. Applications are open to EU and Non-EU candidates.

Interested? Please send an email to info@ipic.ie to register your interest in these positions.


30.07.2019 - 31.07.2019

IPIC celebrates International Day of Light 2019

Tyndall National Institute

The International Day of Light is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrates how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace.

On 16th May 2019, IPIC marked this global initiative with a full day of activities onsite at Tyndall National Institute.  The day began with a visit to the Institute by two local secondary schools, Coláiste Daibhéid and Coláiste and Phiarsaigh.  During their visit, the students met with researchers from across IPIC’s four research themes and learned about some of the projects that the groups are working on.